Nurses Prevent Dry Hands


Nurses know that the skin is the largest organ of the body.  We also know the outermost layer of skin, provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone. As nurses, we are always aware of the need to prevent dry cracked hands. 

One of my first jobs in the medical field was that of OR scrub tech.  I lived in the south where there was plenty of moisture in the air and dry skin was not usually an issue.  However, once I started scrubbing for surgery several times a day I began to see a difference.  When scrubbing with a brush for a minimum of 3 min per hand and arm several times a day with betadine soap it didn’t take long to develop rough dry hands. 

Chances are as a nurse you’re battling dry hands with all the hand washing you do daily. Now factor in winter weather and your hands are going to be looking for a lot of extra love.  I find myself washing my hands and applying lotion all day. Many medical facilities prohibit perfumed lotions and sprays so you need to find one with no perfume.

Philosophy-hope-in-a-jarOne of the best products I have found for use when I am working is the Philosophy brand products.  I have used these products for years with great results.  Hope in a Jar is a world-renowned skin cream originally created for the medical market.  It was on the list of Oprah’s favorite things one year which made it an extremely popular cream.  This cream comes in many sizes so I keep one at work and by my sink at home.

I also like the Hands of Hope in a tube for when I travel.  It smoothes dry hands and rough cuticles with shea butter and a blend of natural oils.  This cream will leave your hands feeling silky soft.  It works great on elbows and feet as well.hands- of -hope

Keeping your hands moist is an important part of staying healthy.  Dry cracked hands are an open portal for germs.  If you are traveling to a dry hot climate or a cold winter climate make sure to keep a supply of lotion and hand cream. There are many types of lotions and creams on the market it is important to find the one that works best for your use.




Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a retired RN and US Army Nurse Major. She has over 30 years of nursing experience and 26 years of military experience in the Army Nurse Corp. During her nursing career she has traveled as part of her military experience visiting many of the 50 states and once to South Korea. Her medical training began during the Vietnam era when trained as an army medic. She went on to train as an OR tech and then as a LVN/LPN. She completed nursing school and was direct commissioned into the reserve Army Nurse Corp. nurse. She appreciated the challenge of working in various specialties and expanding her clinical and professional skill sets. Her time in the Army Reserves and California National Guard gave her the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and working in other medical facilities. During her career she spent years as an OR nurse, Occupational Health Nurse, Hospice Nurse, Forensic Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as being a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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